Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 6, 2013 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evercool, Venti HPQ-12025
If you need an inexpensive and relatively small heatsink then FrostyTech has a review you should check out. At a mere 125x68x160mm and 588g the Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 is tiny compared to many on the market and at $30 it is significantly less expensive than larger competitors. With that small footprint you could be forgiven for thinking that performance would suffer but FrostyTech's testing shows it to be a solid midrange performer and still reasonably efficient when running the fan at its lowest speed.
"Airflow is driven by a single 120mm PWM fan whose snow white 7-bladed impeller rotates at your basic 2200RPM to 800RPM. Noise output is moderate. Because computer enthusiasts tend to be picky bunch, Evercool have tossed in one extra set of wire fan clips."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Silverstone Heligon Series HE01 CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Scythe Ashura / Katana 4 CPU cooler @ Hardware.info
- SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master TPC-612 review: cheaper TPC-800 CPU cooler @ Hardware.info
- Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S CPU Coolers Review @ NikKTech
- Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler @ X-bit Labs
- Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Alpenfohn Fohn 120 and 140 WingBoost Fan @ eTeknix
- Noctua NF-S12A 120mm Fans Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Cougar 120mm Dual-X Fan Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Noctua NF-A14 FLX and ULN 140mm Case Fan Review @ Ninjalane
- Spire X2 120mm PWM Fan Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- NZXT Kraken X40 Compact Liquid Cooling System Review: New Level of Cool @ X-bit Labs
- Enermax Hoplite ST Gaming Tower Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Silverstone Redline RL04 Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- InWin G7 Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower @ FunkyKit
- Lian Li PC-V750WX Compact E-ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- NZXT Phantom 630 Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Aerocool Xpredator case @ Rbmods
- Corsair Obsidian 350D Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair 350D M-ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- LanCool First Knight PC-K65B Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- A quick look at BitFenix's Prodigy enclosure @ The Tech Report
- Lian Li PC-V650B @ techPowerUp
- Antec GX700 Military Case @ Rbmods
- Antec GX700 Mid Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
Austrian PC Cooling manufacturer Noctua has released a new fan called the NF-A14. The new fan is PWM controlled and aimed at case or watercooling radiator cooling. The NF-A14 uses a square frame and features higher static pressure than the NF-P13 along with a maximum speed of 1500RPM.
The fan kit comes with the fan itself, mounting screws, a rubber mounting system to reduce vibration, a 30mm extension cable, low-noise adapter, and a 4-pin Y splitter cable that allows two PWM fans to be connected to a single motherboard fan header. The new Noctua NF-A14 comes with a 6 year warranty.
You can find more information on Noctua’s website as well as the full press release after the break.
In other cooling news:
- Passively Cooled GTX 570 SLI Setup @ Bit-Tech.net
- Impactics D1NU1 Passive NUC Case HSF @ FanlessTech
- Noctua NH-L12 CPU HSF Review @ ChipLoco
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Processors | May 1, 2013 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: power supply, Intel, idle, haswell, c7, c6
I came across an interesting news story posted by The Tech Report this morning that dives into the possibility of problems with Intel's upcoming Haswell processors and currently available power supplies. Apparently, the new C6 and C7 idle power states that give the new Haswell architecture benefits for low power scenarios place a requirement of receiving a 0.05 amps load on the 12V2 rail. (That's just 50 milliamps!) Without that capability, the system can exhibit unstable behavior and a quick look at the power supply selector on Intel's own website is only listing a couple dozen that support the feature.
This table from VR-Zone, the source of the information initially, shows the difference between the requirements for 3rd (Ivy Bridge) and 4th generation (Haswell) processors. The shift is an order of magnitude and is quite a dramatic change for PSU vendors. Users of Corsair power supplies will be glad to know that among those listed with support on the Intel website linked above were mostly Corsair units!
A potential side effect of this problem might be that motherboard vendors simply disable those sleep states by default. I don't imagine that will be a problem for PC builders anyway since most desktop users aren't really worried about the extremely small differences in power consumption they offer. For mobile users and upcoming Haswell notebook designs the increase in battery life is crucial though and Intel has surely been monitoring those power supplies closely.
I asked our in-house power supply guru, Lee Garbutt, who is responsible for all of the awesome power supply reviews on pcper.com, what he thought about this issue. He thinks the reason more power supplies don't support it already is for power efficiency concerns:
Most all PSUs have traditionally required "some load" on the various outputs to attain good voltage regulation and/or not shut down. Not very many PSUs are designed yet to operate with no load, especially on the critical +12V output. One of the reasons for this is efficiency. Its harder to design a PSU to operate correctly with a very low load AND to deliver high efficiency. It would be easy just to add some bleed resistance across the DC outputs to always have a minimal load to keep voltage regulation under control but then that lowers efficiency.
Obsidian Series for under $100
If you need a case for your next PC build, the chances are good that Corsair has a model that you'll like. Ranging from the obscenely large Obsidian 900D to the $69 Carbide 200R and just about everything in between, Corsair has a ton of options Today we are reviewing the brand new entrant to the Obsidian series, the 350D, that brings Corsair to the Micro-ATX form factor.
The Obsidian series is the flagship chassis line from Corsair and typically means you are getting the best of the best from the expanding components company. With an MSRP of just $99 you are definitely making some sacrifices on features and on size, limiting us to Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards and systems.
The front panel has an attractive brushed finish to it with removable front panel (and fan filter).
Connections up top include headphones, microphone as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There power button is right in the center with dual LEDs on each side. The reset button is just to the right of the mic port and is recessed enough to prevent accidental presses.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2013 - 12:30 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: noctua, nh-l9a, hsf, cooler, mini-itx, low profile cooler
Noctua, an Austrian company known for its high-end air CPU coolers has announced that it will be offering up alternatvie mounting kits to users of its low profile NH-L9a cooler that have incompatible motherboards. Certain mini-ITX motherboards that place components on the back of the motherboard around the processor socket are incompatible with the company’s existing SecureFirm 2 mounting kit because the backplate cannot be installed.
The new alternative mounting system for the NH-L9a CPU cooler uses Noctua’s NM-APS3 spacers that go in place of the standard backplate. The spacers go in between the motherboard and screws, but are small enough to not run into any components installed in the area normally reserved for a CPU backplate. Two such boards that Noctua has found to be incompatible are the mini-ITX AsRock FM2A75M-ITX and AsRock FM2A85X-ITX.
Users with an incompatible motherboard and NH-L9a cooler can obtain the alternative mounting kit for free by contacting Noctua’s customer service line and providing them with a proof of purchase (scan, photo, or electronic invoice) receipt for both the Noctua cooler and an incompatible motherboard. Additionally, Noctua will be including both the standard SecureFirm 2 and alternative mounting kits in the retail NH-L9a cooler box from now on.
It is nice to see Noctua continuing its tradition of good customer care. They many not be as popular as other cooler vendors in the US but it seems they are a company willing to go the extra mile for its enthusiast customers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2013 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, enermax, TriAthlor, 650W
Platimax, Triathlor and NAXN; perhaps Enermax is not gifted at picking names for their PSUs but for the most part they are known for creating solid PSUs which do the job they are intended to. Setting aside the name, this 650W mostly modular PSU has four 12V rails that combine to a peak of 54A, 648W which is certainly enough to power a modest multi-GPU system. [H]ard|OCP put it through their own special brand of torture and were pleased with the results, a pass on all of their testing albeit results which trail the competitions offerings. That keeps this PSU in the running as far as performance but at a current cost of $120 and perhaps higher in the future, it is hard to recommend this PSU over ones that do not cost as much and provide power of a quality at least equal to if not better than the Triathlor.
"Today we bring you an "athletic" power supply from Enermax that weighs in at 650 watts. The new Triathlor series sports plenty of features that enthusiasts will like including Silent Cooling, Flexible Cable Management, is marketed as being Rock Stable at All Loads. Enermax ads that, "The Triathlor FC is not a blinky poser."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W @ techPowerUp
- Enermax Platimax 1350w Modular Power Supply @ FunkyKit
- Rosewill SilentNight 500-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum @ Tweaktown
- PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 750W Power Supply Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Rosewill Fortress 750-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum @ Tweaktown
- Enermax Triathlor FC 650-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze @ Tweaktown
- Corsair AX1200 Fully-Modular 1200W Power Supply Review @ ModSynergy
- Corsair AX and AXi Series Power Supplies Review: Small Letter Big Difference @ X-bit Labs
- Cooler Master V Series 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Antec Mobile Products A.M.P. Mobile Power Roundup @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2013 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SFF, Obsidian Series 350D, obsidian, corsair
Fremont, California — April 25, 2013 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components, today announced the Obsidian Series 350D High Performance Micro ATX PC case. Available with a solid or windowed side panel, the Obsidian Series 350D brings unprecedented expansion and cooling options to smaller, more portable, high-performance PCs.
Like larger cases in the premium Obsidian Series line, the Obsidian Series 350D sports a clean, black, brushed-aluminum styling. The case is also designed for fast and neat builds with tool-free access and drive installation as well as an innovative cable routing system.
The Obsidian Series 350D case supports both Micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards and has plenty of interior space for liquid CPU cooling, dual 3.5” hard drives, dual 2.5” SSDs, dual 5.25” drives, and dual full-length graphics cards. It also has five expansion slots and five fan mounting points with room for two 240mm radiators. The front panel provides convenient access to USB 3.0 and audio connectors.
“The Obsidian 350D’s versatile expansion options give builders the ability to pack a lot of performance into a smaller form factor,” said Thi La, Senior VP & GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. “Its stylish, compact design makes it a perfect high-performance PC case for smaller living spaces or for gaming LAN parties.”
The MSRP is $109.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2013 - 08:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, obsidian, Obsidian 990D, super tower
If you are looking for a housing for a super system, Corsair's monumental new Obsidian 900D, aka Super Tower, might be for you. The midget in the picture below is the 200R mid-tower, cowering in front of the 40lb, 27.3"H x 10"W x 25.6"L 900D. Triple TITANS and terabytes of storage are nothing to this case, it will swallow them and leave plenty of elbow room for you to tweak a fully installed system. You really have to read [H]ard|OCP's full review to understand just how many features have been added to this case; certainly enough to win it a Gold Award.
"Corsair is finally pulling back the review embargo sheets on its new "Super Tower" 900D PC case. Details and pictures have been leaking out for months, but now we finally get to see if all the hype is justified. If you are wondering what a "super tower" is, well let's just say there will be a lot of desks that the 900D will not fit under."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Enermax Ostrog Giant Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Chaser A31 @ FunkyKit
- Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Lian Li PC-7HX @ eTeknix
- Corsair Obsidian 900D 'Godzilla' Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Iron Man Helment Case Mod @ Modders-Inc
- Thermaltake A31 Chassis @ eTeknix
- InWin GT1 Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- NZXT Phantom 630 @ Modders-Inc
- Cooler Master Storm Power-RX @ LanOC Reviews
- Thermaltake A 41 Chaser Chassis @ eTeknix
- Case Smithing: Personalized Acrylic Etching and Engraving @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define Mini Case Review @ AnandTech
- Affordable Gaming Cases: Corsair Carbide 200R and Thermaltake Chaser A41 @ X-Bit Labs
- SilverStone AP123 120mm Case Fan @ eTeknix
- Antec Kuhler H2O 1220 Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Antec Kuhler 1220 H20 Watercooling kit @ Rbmods
- Swiftech H220 Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige 240L @ Kitguru
- Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler @ Hardwareoverclock
- Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake NiC C5 Untouchable Cool CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake NiC C5 Untouchable CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Scythe ASHURA CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- GELID Solutions The Black Edition @ techPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2013 - 08:46 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, case fan, fan controller, fan hub, cooling, grid
NZXT has announced that it is making its Grid fan hub available to the masses. No longer only available with certain NZXT cases, the Grid fan hub takes a single Molex power cable and provides 3-pin power outputs for up to ten fans.
The NZXT kit will come with the Grid hub, a 200mm long Molex power adapter, a single 200mm long (3-pin) female-to-female adapter cable, and two 200mm (3-pin) fan extension cables. NZXT is also including five black cable ties to assist with cable management.
Unfortunately, the Grid does not provide functionality to allow adjustable fan speeds. All fans connected to the Grid hub will run at 100% unless other means (such as resistors) are used inline to slow them down. If you only care for speed, and are in a situation where your motherboard does not support enough fan headers but you cannot justify a full fan controller the Grid might be for you. For the price, it is serviceable in that regard.
Speaking of pricing, the Grid fan hub will be available soon with a MSRP of $11.99. More information is available on NZXT's product page.
Is the Grid something that you could see yourself using?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2013 - 07:03 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PC-Q28, PC-Q27, mini-itx, Lian Li, aluminum case
PC Chassis manufacturer Lian-Li has launched two new mini-ITX cases that will be available next month. The PC-Q27 and PC-Q28 are both brushed aluminum cases that accommodate a single graphics card, a mini-ITX motherboard, at least one case fan, and several hard drives.
The PC-Q27 is the smallest of the two cases at 7.8” x 11.8” x 9.4.” The case is constructed of aluminum and the outside features a black or silver brushed aluminum finish. The front of the case features a single 5.25” optical drive bay, a LED-lit power button, and two USB 3.0 ports on the right side of the case. Internally, the PC-Q27 case uses Lian-Li’s rail motherboard mounting system for mini-ITX boards. It can host a single graphics card up to 195mm in length, two 3.5” hard drives, and one 5.25” drive. The case is cooled by a single 120mm bottom-mounted fan when the hard disk drive bay is removed. To facilitate airflow, the case has vents along the bottom and rear of the case. The case is held up by case feet to allow the fan to pull in cool air.
Meanwhile, the PC-Q28 is a bit larger and wider at 8.9” x 12” x 13.5.” IT also comes in a silver or black brushed aluminum design. This case is the successor to Lian-Li’s PC-Q18. It can hold a mini-ITX motherboard, a single GPU up to 290mm in length, and up to seven 3.5” hard drives. The mini-ITX case features two removable hard drive cages and two fans. There is a single 140mm fan located on the bottom of the case that acts as an intake (and includes a dust filter to keep the case internals clean), and one 120mm exhaust fan on the top of the case. The outside of the case features four case feet to lift the case off the ground, rounded corners, and a simple front panel that host a power button and 5.25” drive bay. The right side of the case hosts two USB 3.0 ports and two analog HD audio jacks.
Both of Lian-Li’s new mini-ITX cases will be available sometime in May. The smaller PC-Q27 has an MSRP of $78.99 while the PC-Q28 will cost $118.99.
Read more about the Mini-ITX form factor at PC Perspective!
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